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THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (1961)




A very imaginative Scifi sword and sandales movie by Umberto Scarpelli starring Gordon Mitchel in maybe his best film shot in Cine Citta.

more info on http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054924/


Run time 89 minutes 56 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: billbarstad - - November 4, 2011
Subject: How Long Can You Tread Water?
This is a fairly typical dubbed Italian sword and sandal epic, though the dubbing is worse than in others I've seen. Expect bad acting, laughable special effects, and busty women. If you like the Hercules movies, some of which are here at IA, you'll like this. In this movie the hero Obro, who looks a bit like Charlton Heston, has an adventure in the Atlantian city of Metropolis ruled by the evil lord Yotar.

The short first act sets up the story, with Obro and his brothers charged with warning Atlantis against using science to pervert the course of nature. Sound familiar? Obro makes it to Metropolis where he is captured, beginning the sluggish second act. It's padded out with Obro being tested three times against various opponents, my favorite being the last where he struggles against beams of light, and two ceremonies. The first ceremony included an impressive number of extras, the second featured a dancer whose costume was made with nylon side panels. The muddled third act has a change of pace, and begins with Obro's escape aided by members of Yotar's court. (He is taken to the cave or lair of the giant to hide. This is the only reference to giant that I noticed. I think the giant of the movie's title refers to Obro.) Obro begins a hit and run offensive against Yotar's men, and gets some action from Yotar's daughter Mecede. He finally battles his way to confront Yotar, and as he is about to stab him with what looked like a metal feather duster, Mecede stops him by running in and shouting "Don't shoot!", after which they are captured. A little later Yotar has a change of heart, freeing them just as Atlantis is destroyed.

I downloaded the 1,000 MB AVI file. It's from a washed out print with bad audio.
Reviewer: rlneva1941 - - October 22, 2011
Subject: Believable to me!
I would much rather watch these early attempts at sci-fi-horror than the mundane trash they get millions for at the box office today. The actors were giving all they had and produced a believable saga of triumph and calamity all with a believable dialog. Throughly enjoyed every moment of this film and hope you did too if you think about what I just told you.
Reviewer: ICwatUdidthere - - June 15, 2011
Subject: old-school sci-fi at its campiest
Watch this movie for a good chuckle at what science fiction was like back in the day. Scantily-clad beauties, gladiator fights between shirtless, hyper-masculine opponents, overly-formalized dialogue, all the standard sci-fi tropes of yore are here.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - - October 9, 2010
Subject: nice !
flick!
Reviewer: Ynot_tony - - October 9, 2010
Subject: 1 hr 22 min in
"..he is a good man, but he was just blinded by science." Apologies to Thomas Dolby
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